About Shyam L. Jones
I’m a British/Austrian filmmaker, passionate about documentary film. I worked my first ‘job’ as assistant to my mother when I was 11 years old. As a pre-teen I created a dozen of animated shorts. Over the course of several internships I gained valuable experience on film sets and developed skills in research, the conception and planning of video narratives, the organisation of shoots, cinematography and post production, especially video editing. This led me to my current job at the ORF as a video editor for the news program “Wien Heute”.
However, I have learned the most by directing my own films. Over the last five years I have directed ten documentaries ranging from 3 to 52 minutes, two music videos and a couple of promotional videos. I learned how to find, research and develop documentary narratives, organize shoots, conduct interviews, how to present and narrate and work with budget constraints. I directed collaborators and hired professionals, such as videographers, animators, translators and fixers. In learning how to use the camera, editing all of my films, and experimenting with different formats I developed my personal style of storytelling.
My experiences with producing, directing and editing a range of films have strengthened my resolve, and made me confident that this is what I can do best.
MA Neuroscience & Philosophy
Bsc Psychology, with First Honors
Deans List Commendation
University College London
Camera / Videography
Editing / Post-production: Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere & Adobe After Effects
Animation: Adobe Animate
Graphic Design: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator & Adobe Indesign